wrath·​ful | \ ˈrath-fəl How to pronounce wrathful (audio) , chiefly British ˈrȯth- \

Definition of wrathful

1 : filled with wrath : irate
2 : arising from, marked by, or indicative of wrath

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Other Words from wrathful

wrathfully \ ˈrath-​fə-​lē How to pronounce wrathful (audio) , chiefly British  ˈrȯth-​ \ adverb
wrathfulness noun

Examples of wrathful in a Sentence

in a wrathful voice she demanded to know what had happened
Recent Examples on the Web Adulterous wives pay men to stand in as their lovers to apologize to their wrathful husbands. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "How The New Yorker Fell Into the “Weird Japan” Trap," 17 Dec. 2020 Even so, his wrathful attempt to overturn the result of a free, fair election qualifies as shocking. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Republicans bowing to Trump are undermining American democracy," 11 Dec. 2020 At her most powerful, Maleficent is also her least wrathful. Jeanna Kadlec, Longreads, "Deconstructing Disney: Motherhood and the Taming of Maleficent," 8 Oct. 2020 The sometimes savage themes of her paintings have been interpreted as expressions of wrathful catharsis. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A Fuller Picture of Artemisia Gentileschi," 28 Sep. 2020 The title refers to a wrathful landlord, Mr. Sunshine, who has rooms to let. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: A Sequel to ‘Guess How Much I Love You’," 25 Sep. 2020 In Salinger’s, the wrathful recluse determined to give his readers nothing more. Benjamin Taylor, The Atlantic, "Being Friends With Philip Roth," 21 Apr. 2020 The unfounded assumption that humanity is not merely polluting but actually destroying the planet has generated a belief that nature — like a wrathful God of Israel in the Bible who strikes down those who sin — will punish humanity for bad behavior. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "How Not to Celebrate Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 For example, the Dalai Lama has navigated the modern world while consulting on all matters of import with oracles possessed by wrathful deities. Donald S. Lopez, New York Times, "Who Is the Dalai Lama?," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of wrathful

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wrathful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrathful. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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wrath·​ful | \ ˈrath-fəl How to pronounce wrathful (audio) \

Kids Definition of wrathful

1 : full of wrath
2 : showing wrath

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